‘Worse yet to come’: Diesel crisis as average cost of a tank breaks the £100 barrier

Petrol prices: Diesel drivers are being ‘ripped off’ says Fair Fuel UK

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Drivers have been warned that somehow things are going to get worse on the roads as the cost of diesel spirals out of control. The cost to fill the average car’s tank with diesel broke the £100 barrier at the weekend with no sign of an end to the rise.

Figures from data firm Experian Catalist show the average price of a litre of the fuel at UK forecourts was a record 182.7p on Saturday and 182.6p on Sunday.

Petrol prices are also at record levels – the average price was 172.1p per litre on Saturday, rising to a new high of 172.7p on Sunday, reported Wales Online.

RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams said: “With crude oil prices consistently above 115 US dollars a barrel last week, worse is sadly yet to come just in time for the Jubilee bank holiday, particularly as petrol is now more expensive than diesel on the wholesale market.

“Due to the rapid rise in the cost of wholesale unleaded, retailers are now taking smaller margins on petrol but larger ones on diesel.”

He added: “If the wholesale price of petrol stays above diesel, we ought to see the current 10p-a-litre gap in average petrol and diesel forecourt prices narrow.

“If this doesn’t happen diesel drivers will be getting a raw deal, and with prices at these historic highs, every penny matters to drivers.”

The AA’s fuel price spokesman Luke Bosdet echoed the concerns, saying: ”Diesel’s new record price is the latest nail in the coffin of the diesel car, after it had been demonised for its emissions in an urban environment.

“However, a diesel car’s 15 percent to 20 percent better fuel consumption compared to a petrol equivalent out on the open road means less CO2 emissions, and would make it more attractive were it not for the current higher cost of refuelling.”

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It comes as a new survey found more drivers than ever are ditching traditional fossil-fuelled cars and choosing to go electric – figures that could well spell the end for diesel cars.

The study by What Car found that only five percent of new car buyers would now go for diesel.

Out of the 1,000 motorists questioned the news wasn’t much better for used diesel cars as just 21 percent of potential buyers would consider those.

The price of diesel has reached record highs time and again this year which has no doubt led to buyers considering other options.

Surprisingly though, rather than cost, some 34 percent stated that the environment was the most important factor in not looking at buying a diesel car.

In total, 90 percent of car buyers would consider anything other than a diesel-powered car and 66 percent would never consider buying one ever again, reported the RAC.

In terms of current diesel car owners, almost half said they would now switch to an EV in order to save cash.

Further RAC analysis shows that the UK is just months away from hitting the 500,000 battery electric vehicles milestone.

Sadly for those thinking of switching to EV, the average cost of charging an EV has increased by more than a fifth due to the soar in electricity prices.

A recent analysis carried out by the RAC showed that the cost of charging an EV using pay-as-you-go public chargers in the UK has risen by over 20 percent.

The RAC added that drivers will now have to pay 44.55p per kilowatt-hour.

This in turn means that the average cost to complete an 80 percent rapid charge of a typical family-sized electric car with a 64kWh battery has increased by £4 since September last year.

The cost now stands at £22.81 compared to £18.81 at the end of last summer.

Nonetheless, the cost is still greater for drivers who own a 55-litre petrol car.

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